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3.3
174 Ratings

Drums Along the Mohawk

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1939
Drama, History, Romance

Synopsis

In Revolutionary America, Gil Martin takes his new wife Lana back to his farm in upstate New York. The area is remote and a distance from the fort. With the declaration of independence, the settlers soon find themselves at war with the British and their Indian allies.

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Drums Along the Mohawk Directed by John Ford

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1940 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Viennale

2014

Critics reviews

One of Ford’s most pure films, not a shot wasted. It is simpler, true, missing a richness of the following masterpieces (Young Mr. Lincoln, How Green Was My Valley), but its surface is exquisitely honed and moving. Its concise drama is of a cycle of starting a home, the terror of a new home, finding the love for that home, the abject destruction of the home, and beginning again from scratch.
November 04, 2014
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John Ford’s Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) is one of the two recent Twilight Time Blu-ray releases from Darryl F. Zanuck’s Fox whose Technicolor is so jaw-dropping that one is periodically persuaded to overlook all sorts of dramaturgical and/or ideological excesses… Drums was in fact Ford’s first colour film, and is clearly one of his most beautiful pictorially, if also one of his most objectionable when it comes to racial stereotyping.
December 30, 2013
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Drums Along the Mohawk’s historical inaccuracies and oversights hinder its myriad narrative joys and rich aesthetic design… [But] if Ford was, per Jonathan Lethem, “a poet in black and white,” he became a sharp impressionist in color. The finely calibrated stillness of Ford’s shots, occasionally ravished by the greens, reds, and blues of the colonial wardrobe, gives the film a painterly quality, as if Ford had animated a William Ranney portrait.
November 22, 2013
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